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Lotus Festival of World Music and Art in Bloomington, IN

Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

  • March 18, 2013 - March 18, 2013
  • Venue: Indiana University Auditorium
  • Address: Fine Arts Plaza, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • Phone: 812-855-1103
  • Times: 8 pm
  • Admission: IUB Students: $20-$41; General Admission: $38-$60
  • iuauditorium.com

Let your imagination soar as world-renowned cellist YO-YO MA performs with THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE in an orchestra concert that takes audience members on a metaphorical journey down the “Silk Road” of cross-cultural music. The Silk Road, a series of trade routes that crisscrossed Eurasia for nearly 2,000 years, inspired musical genius Yo-Yo Ma to form The Silk Road Ensemble in 2000 to promote sharing and learning across cultures, art forms, and disciplines. The ensemble is a collective of musicians and other performing artists from nearly 20 countries around the world. In sharing traditions from various cultures, the ensemble develops and performs new music and multimedia pieces, exploring and expanding contemporary musical crossroads. The artists not only come from different countries, but they also play instruments unique to their nations, making The Silk Road Ensemble a one-of-a-kind orchestra. In addition to traditional classical instruments, the ensemble features distinctive instruments not often found in North American orchestras including the kamancheh, a Persian bowed string instrument; the duduk, an Armenian woodwind instrument; and the shakuhachi, a Japanese end-blown flute. Director Yo-Yo Ma was born to Chinese parents in Paris, where he learned to play the cello at the age of four. His family moved to New York, and Ma went on to study music at the Julliard School and graduated from Harvard University in 1976. His discography is comprised of more than 75 albums, which includes more than 15 Grammy Award winners. The Silk Road Ensemble is one of the programs in Ma’s Silk Road Project, an artistic and educational nonprofit founded in 1998. The organization engages in cross-cultural exchanges and residencies, leads workshops for students, and partners with prominent cultural institutions to create educational programs and materials. As one of The Silk Road Project’s main features, The Silk Road Ensemble has recorded five albums and performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. The ensemble’s most recent recording, Off the Map, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011. “We all feel we’re better musicians as a result of the Silk Road Project,” Yo-Yo Ma explains. “We were taken to musical areas we didn’t know well, and have widened our own musical worlds. We have more tools with which to express ourselves. Most importantly, I feel more human, more connected to others.” Join us as we connect with Yo-Yo Ma, his universally celebrated ensemble, and each other at this evening of transcendent, cross-cultural music.

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